Firehose is a FlightAware API for receiving streaming flight
positions (e.g., Radar, ADS-B, Mode S multilateration (MLAT), datalink, etc) as well as flight status
data (e.g., flight plans, departure/arrival messages, flight updates) and surface movement positions.
This page defines a protocol for establishing a connection and receiving data from the Firehose
If you have questions please check our
frequently asked questions to see if your topic has already
been answered there before contacting your account representative for support.
Your subscription may consist of any combination of the
following data layers:
- FlightAware Terrestrial ADS-B Positions:
- MLAT Positions: Worldwide
- Radar Positions: Worldwide (Transoceanic/ACARS/Estimated positions only), USA, Canada, New Zealand, *Australia, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua
- Aireon℠ Space-Based
ADS-B Positions: Worldwide
- FLIFO (Flight Status): Worldwide (Flightplan, departure, arrival, and cancellation messages)
- Predicted ETAs: Worldwide
- Block Events: Worldwide
- Extended Flight Info (ExtendedFLIFO): Worldwide
- Surface Movement: Most major USA airports (ASDE-X and ADS-B), Worldwide (ADS-B
- Airborne Weather: Worldwide (Mode-S and ADS-B only)
- FMS Autopilot Settings: Worldwide (Mode-S and ADS-B only)
Please ask a FlightAware representative if you would like access to additional data layers. Firehose pricing is based on a monthly rate
for unlimited use, dependent on what data layers you choose to access and the scope of how you repurpose/redistribute the data within
Firehose can also be used in conjunction with
FlightAware Global for added satellite uplinks
and EUROCONTROL data. Other aircraft operator's data can be integrated as well: read about
Improving Tracking of Your Flights on FlightAware.
*Australia radar and ADS-B is only available for internal consumption (e.g., not for redistribution
to third parties beyond yourself).
For more information on FlightAware's position data
coverage, please see FlightAware's